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i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. it's 8:00 on the east coast, 5:00 out west. thank you for starting your day with us. >> we start with the shocking revelation from the now former cia director, general david petraeus. petraeus resigned from his post citing an extramarital affair. he had met personally with the president thursday to offer his resignation. the president reluctantly accepted friday. the general's affair was actually uncovered during an investigation by the fbi. the fbi's involvement has raised questions with at least one former cia operative. >> i'm not going to, but there are four or five cia directors that i know were carrying on extramarital affairs while they were director. the fbi was never brought in. the office of security was never brought in. it was ignored. it went away quietly. we'll never know about them. so this is absolutely extraordinary. i'm telling you it's more to do than with sex. there's something going on here which i can't explain and i think we're going to find out very soon. >> petraeus took over as cia
chief after a long career in the army, most recently as the man leading operations in afghanistan. the cia will be run by michael morrell who has been deputy director since may of 2010. >> there are plenty of questions surrounding the timing of the resignation. joining me is suzanne kelly. good to have you back with us. why was the fbi involved? >> reporter: well, victor, a u.s. official tells cnn the fbi was investigating a tip that david petraeus was involved in an extramarital affair with paula broadwell. she is his biographer. broadwell spent a year with petraeus in afghanistan interviewing him for the book she co-wrote about him. it's not clear whether broadwell is the woman with whom petraeus has admitted to having this affair that led to this resignation. the official says that the fbi counterintelligence unit investigated the tip to see if there was a potential security risk, whether petraeus could
possibly be blackmailed. the official tells cnn there was no suggestion the fbi was investigating petraeus for any possible wrongdoing, but the concern, rather, was that he might be putting himself in a vulnerable position. >> we know that a lot of the questions from online that i've read, some of the comments on, there's questions about the timing. let's start with what it comes after, the presidential election. what if we found out about that connection, if any, and why this comes just days after the election? >> reporter: well, that's a great question and i think a lot of those questions will be thrown at the white house, and they have already, i can assure you. the fbi, obviously, if there was an investigation going on would have known about this, the white house would have known about this. but there's not always necessarily a reason to make a change. if there is an investigation and anything serious that they feel like they need the opportunity to follow up on, there's a chance that moves wouldn't have been made. but the timing of it, obviously, with the election coming up is
very curious. >> and there are some who say that the benghazi hearings are next week, following up on the attack at the consulate in libya. >> reporter: that's right. >> there are concerns that maybe this is a conspiracy, that this was timed perfectly to get the cia director out before that. any reporting on that? >> reporter: well, there are a lot of conspiracies in washington and i always look to see what they're based on. the cia in particular is not, i think, under any increased scrutiny when it comes to the benghazi investigation about anything they did or didn't do. of course congressional members on those oversight committees have a lot of questions. they'll have an opportunity to get some of those questions answered next thursday when there's a closed session briefing. michael morrell who is leading the cia at the president's request is a career cia officer and he'll be the one who's in the hot seat to answer those questions. but the real probably target of any of the political back and forth that was going on over
benghazi was the white house. this was very much being used sort of as a political tool, if you will, to say that the administration wasn't being transparent. i don't know that throwing david petraeus under the bus would be something that's all that plausible, to be honest. >> the questions about what the ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, had reported, that her information came from the cia, that might have been why this could have some involvement with benghazi. we'll see in the few days that we have before those hearings start if we hear any more about that from people who were following this very closely. suzanne kelly, thank you very much. >> reporter: pleasure. it's been almost two weeks since superstorm sandy hit and life is slowly getting back to normal for people in the northeast. far too slowly. millions of people lost power during the storm and about 160,000 more lost power because of the powerful nor'easter that hit this week.
new jersey governor chris christie expects a big turn-around this weekend. >> life will be back for most of new jersey to normal come sunday. what do i mean by that? let's start off with power. we back tracked slightly in our efforts to restore power due to the nor'easter but after talking with the utilities last night and again this morning, my belief is that we will have almost 100% restoration by saturday night. >> but officials say people who have flood damage need to have an inspection before their power can be restored. now to new york where on long island alone more than 150,000 people are still in the dark this morning. >> and people are getting desperate, impatient and furious because of flood damage. some people may not see power for days or possibly even weeks. listen to this. >> i can't get light on for my kid. i can't get power, heat, garbage pickup, nothing. >> nick valencia is following
this story very closely. we're hearing the criticism not just from the people that live there but their elected officials. local and county leaders. >> people are not getting any answers they want. we've been reaching out to the l lipa and haven't been able to get answers. they haven't returned our calls. a rlot of people are waiting fo their power to be turned back on. two hours to be without power, let alone two weeks. that's what a lot of residents are facing. i believe we have a map that illustrates how many people are without power. as you see it's mostly along the south shore of long island, those places that got those heavy storm surges, brought a lot of flooding about. in fact those frustrations from local residents really hit a boiling point kbryesterday. take a listen. >> this is a crisis of epic proportions. this is a natural disaster. we are here as one community
together to send a message we've had enough. lipa is disgusting. the management of lipa should be fired from top to bottom. and governor cuomo, we have a message for governor cuomo. send the national guard in here today to turn the power back on! >> i think these frustrations are furthered by the fact lipa has told local residents that they have to get an electrician to make sure that it's safe before any of this power can be restored. >> i get their frustration. having been up there covering the storm a lot of the authorities said we can't go in there yet, it's not safe. that worked in day one, day two, maybe even day three. but now two weeks? that doesn't work so much anymore. >> it's time to get angry. >> and these people are worried about not only their own safety but the security of their homes.
>> and looting was a big factor. burglaries have gone up 70%. one of the places, precinct 4, a lot of people concerned there. we had a resident on earlier talking about concerns of looting. that was something that was really instrumental and a phenomenon at the beginning. right now they're keeping an eye on it. they have security detail monitoring the situation, but so far no major reports of looting just yet, so we'll keep an eye on that. >> all right, thank you. >> 12 days. well, we have much more ahead this hour. >> and here's what's coming up. the new majority, the women's choice. battles over voting rights. tuesday's election revealed new lessons. all morning we'll put what we learned in focus. as of tuesday, smoking pot without a medical reason is now legal in two states. for now, the feds aren't budging, so why is one career drug agent applauding the new laws?
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female senator and also the first asian-american woman elected to the senate. the new congress will also see the largest number of women ever, 20 in the senate and at least 77 in the house. and according to our exit polls, more women than men cast ballots this election. of those who voted for president, 53% were women, 47% were men. and those women voted overwhelmingly for president obama, 55% to 44%. but with all the gains for women, the senate is about to lose one woman who's been a fixture there for years. senator kay bailey hutchison did not seek re-election. she is retiring at the end of the year. she's been the republican senator from texas since 1993 when she replaced lloyd benson. welcome, senator. good morning. >> thank you, randi. it's great to be here. >> we are focusing on what we learned in this election. so why do you think republicans missed so badly with women
voters? >> well, i think that statistic that you just gave, 53% of all voters were women this year, means that we need to go back to the drawing board because we didn't get the majority of that 53% and i think some of the harsh rhetoric of some of our high-profile candidates, even though they were repudiated by the party leaders, nevertheless just gave a bad image that's really not real, but yet i think it means that we're going to have to really look at what women want to hear from political candidates. >> you certainly had a pretty stark assessment of some of those candidates. could you share that with us? i assume you're talking possibly about todd akin and richard mourdock who both lost their senate races after controversial comments about abortion? >> and it was about rape victims. you know, i think that men need to be very careful when they
talk about rape victims, because this is -- this is a trauma. there are two lives at stake here. and i think we need to have a feeling for that. and i think that maybe the empathy, even though, you know, i worked on a bill when i was in the state legislature to make sure that rape victims, when they were testifying and in the legal system, had fair treatment. and it wasn't the case when i was in the legislature in the '70s, but we changed the law. and i found that the men in the legislature understood when you brought it up that there had to be a fairness. that you had to treat rape victims as if they were victims and not on trial. that's where i think sometimes we haven't caught up and i think it's time for us to learn -- really dig down and learn from this election and make sure that
we are talking about the issues that all americans care about and want to hear from their political leaders. >> we mentioned that mourdock and akin lost their states, missouri and indiana, but they both went for romney, both those states. so what do you think that tells us? >> well, i think it tells us that they made mistakes. even though i know they deeply felt personal views, but they're out of the mainstream deeply held personal views and that may not be what they need to run for public office on. because romney carried and in other places you had governors being elected, not in those particular ones, but just in general we need to talk about women's issues in a way that women want to be talked to. and i think that sometimes even though maybe their hearts are in
the right place, maybe what they're saying is not being communicated in the correct way and maybe they're not talking about the right issues. >> let me ask you quickly about women -- actually latinos. your seat now going to ted cruz, a cuban american, backed by the tea party. but nationally latino voters went 71% to 27% actually for president obama. you got a large percentage of latino votes when you ran and you won. do you have some advice for your party on this? >> well, absolutely. i got 44% of the latino vote in my state, and texas is a very conservative state. we all know it's a red state. conservative values, conservative political views. but we -- we embrace hispanics. they are a part of our leadership, they are a part of our communities, and we talk about education, we talk about values, and it resonates with
hispanic families. and i think that is the message that we need to be taking nationwide. and people want to be treated fairly, they want to work and they want to do better for their families. that's why they're here. i think we need to recognize that. >> before i let you go, i want to ask you about the tea party. what happened to the tea party? certainly didn't fare as well as they did in 2010. did they lose focus as a movement? are they too far right for the rest of this country? >> you know, randi, i think you're on to something in that the tea party really came as a protest on the profligate spending, the debt, the deficits. they were economically focused uprising, which has been good. we needed that uprising, we needed to get control of that. but i think they're in danger of being co-opted with so many other interest groups that they may not have that absolute focus
on get your economic house in order. and i think that was a great movement. i think it is a great movement if it stays focused on the long-term future of this country, and that is jobs, it's the economy, it's getting our debt in order so that we will be the beacon of freedom to the world and the beacon of economic responsibility to the world, not going the way of a kind of a socialistic european trend. and so i hope that they are going to keep that focus and not be diverted by other extraneous issues that may be important but maybe not in the political spectrum that is going to keep the focus on get your economic house in order. >> senator hutchison, always a pleasure to speak with you. even in your retirement, i hope we continue to be able to do so. >> i hope so too. thank you. just a month after being
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iran is defiantly defending its failed attempt to shoot down a u.s. drone. the u.s. says iran fired on the unarmed surveillance aircraft over international waters on november 1st. iran says it took action after the drone entered its airspace. the drone returned to its base despite two attempts by iranian jets to brick it down. ordinary chinese who depend on google have been left in the dark. the internet provider says its service across china dropped off
right after the communist party convened it's once a decade gathering. google says the problem is not on its end. a company that monitors internet blockages says google's sudden blackout across china is no coincidence. the attack on a teenage girl in pakistan who wanted to go to school has inspired leaders around the world. pakistani officials are now promising to get five million more children into classrooms and the u.n. has declared today malala day. it's been one month since the taliban shot malala yousafzai in the head. dan rivers has more on her recovery. >> reporter: it is staggering to see malala yousafzai out of bed with her father looking through some of the thousands of get well cards she's received. it's exactly a month since she was shot at point-blank range by taliban gunmen for her campaign for girls' education in pakistan. despite the bullet passing through her head and neck, she
is able to talk. doctors at birmingham's queen elizabeth hospital in britain are still assessing the extent of the brain damage. her only visitors so far have been her immediate family. >> i'm awfully thankful to all these loving well wishes of malala yousafzai who strongly condemn the assassination attempt on malala, who pray for her health and who support the grand cause of malala yousafzai, that is peace, education, freedom of thought and freedom of expression. >> reporter: the cards have come from all over the world. this one from myanmar, some are signed by entire households, some by entire offices. her story has touched people around the world. and there's now an internet campaign for malala to win the nobel peace prize. she's yet to undergo surgery on her skull and jaw in britain, but judging by these pictures, she is in very good hands,
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resignation letter. the general's affair was uncovered during an investigation by the fbi involving a rumored affair with petraeus' biographer, paula broadwell. cnn has not been able to reach broadwell for comment and it's also not clear if she's the woman with whom petraeus has admitted toing of that affair that led to his resignation. he did not name the woman he was having the affair with. for the first time since superstorm sandy hit the north the lights on the statue of liberty were lit again last night. they had been damaged in the storm. the national monument remains closed for now. meanwhile hundreds of thousands of people are still without power in the northeast after 12 days now. in politics, the presidential election may be history for most of the nation. but not florida. the ballots are still being counted. cnn has not jut projected a winner but the latest tally shows president obama with a 63,000 vote edge out of more
than 8 million votes cast. counties have until noon today to submit unofficial results to the secretary of state. some shocking allegations against the ceo of the southern chain waffle house. his former assistant accusing joseph rogers jr. of sexual impropriety. the unnamed woman said she was forced to, quote, perform sexual services among other allegations. rogers has not responded to the claims. and finally, some changes in leadership for the l.a. lakers. after going 0-8 in the preseason and 1-4 in the regular season, you know they said let's pause here and you, sir, can go. they got rid of coach mike brown. the team's general manager said that it came down to, quote, looking at the record. the lakers assistant coach will fill in temporarily. historic, ground breaking, a turning point. those are just some terms used to describe the vote in three
states this week to allow same-sex marriage. voters in maine, maryland and washington state said yes to it. it marks the first time voters and not legislators or judges have actually decided the issue. opponents say the laws endanger the very fabric of society. joining me now is professor charles mckckinney, a sizzle rights historian. good morning, professor. thank you for joining us. >> good morning. >> so do you think the passage of same-sex marriage laws in maine, maryland and washington signal the beginning of a cultural shift? >> i think that's quite possibly the case. as we've known -- as we've seen in the past, legislatures that have tried to pass this have been less successful. so this could be an indicator of a significant shift in -- or the confirmation of a shift that's already taken place in people's thinking around this issue. >> you know there are certainly times within our history as a nation that many look back and they say we can't believe that
we let this happen. for example, laws banning african-americans from voting. laws banning african-americans and whites from marrying. do you think that we are living through a period like that in our history where we might look back 30, 40 years from now and say we can't believe we didn't allow same-sex couples to marry? >> i think we're always living in a period like that in our history. you know, there's always been a group of people who have been historically disenfranchised who have been historically disconnected from the mainstream of american life. many of us look back now and say i can't believe where there was a time where african-americans and whites could not marry each other. and so, you know, a number of years from now we probably will look back on this period and say, wow, there used to be a time where we would stop people from marrying one another on the basis of the fact that they were of the same gender. so i think that -- you know, i think that we are definitely -- we are definitely at a turning
point. >> what about opponents to these laws? they say such a radical change in the definition of marriage will produce a host of societal conflicts. that government exercising its enormous enforcement powers will have to resolve. do you see societal conflicts coming from laws such as these? >> yes. you know, again, societal conflict is part and parcel of social change. and when we're talking about changes that seem sort of titanic to a critical mass of people, there's going to be tension. it's not a matter of if there's going to be tension, it's not a matter of if there's going to be conflict. the question becomes what sort of form is this conflict going to take? is it going to be a legislative conflict? certainly there's going to be a cultural conflict. but again we've seen this shift and more and more people, as we bring on more and more
millennials and young people into the electorate, that's always been a very significant turning point. it was a turning point in the '60s when a new generation of young people came on the scene and said hey, you know what, the racial norms from our parents' generation, those don't make sense to us anymore. >> right. >> and so, again, i think the pressure from -- the pressure from below to effectuate fundamental change in the way we think and administer these loss, i think that's going to be inevitable. >> i want to quickly share with you an op-ed published in "the new york times" the day after they passed the laws allowing same-sex couples to marry. with these victories, opponents will no longer be able to argue that the movement for marriage equality is something imposed by radical judges and legislators who are out of touch with the popular will. it is a moment for the opponents
of civil rights for americans including congressional republicans who are still defending the marriage act in court, to decide whether they want to continue to stand against justice to court a dwindling share of voters. now, these measures didn't pass by very much. do you think that the laws are still in danger of being repealed? >> yes. i think the laws are in danger of being repealed. again, we are at a very pivotal moment and history reveals to us that these pivotal moments, they move in slow motion. back in the '60s, i remember california trying to pass a referendum that would legalize housing discrimination. so we've got a long way to go in this. and so, you know, for proponents of the issue who say, you know, we're at a turning point, we're at a turning point. as a historian of the african-american civil rights struggle, i frequently remind people that, hey, turning points can take decades. we don't measure turning points in a matter of days, weeks,
months. we measure turning points in many instances in a manner of decades. brown v. board of education was a turning point, but it took another 20 years in my neck of the woods. i'm down here in memphis. it took another 20 years to actually start desegregating the schools. so we've got to be very mindful of what -- we've got to be very mindful of in terms of how we're framing the issue, in terms of how we're categorizing these turning points. because again, turning points can take a while. >> professor charles mckinney, pleasure to have you on this morning. thank you. >> thank you. if you travel and you like local food, you know that place away from all the hotels that all the local people go to, you're going to want to see this. cnn and travel and leisure magazine are compiling a map of the world's best places to eat like a local. and wait until you hear how you can end up in the magazine. so'. sales go up... i'm happy. it went out today... i'm happy.
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welcome back. you could say 50 never looked so good. the new james bond movie opened in the u.s. last night, 50 years after the original. this is daniel craig's third turn as the superspy and the movie is already making a killing, taking in $320 million since it opened overseas. variety reports it could take in $80 million in its u.s. opening, the most in franchise history. if you're visiting other cities and like most other travelers, you want to fit in, feel like you belong. what's the best way to do it? i do it through food. maybe you do too. cnn ireport has teamed up with travel and leisure to create a list of 100 places to eat like a local and your recommendations
will play a big part. i spoke about how this works. we find ourselves just eating whatever is at the hotel or the chain we recognize and now there's a way that kind of gives us the best of the restaurants in the world. what are we talking about here? >> well, the main thing you know, victor, when you're traveling, you want to feel like you're at the place where all the cool kids are basically. and with this project with 100 places to eat like a local, we're hoping that our readers and your viewers are going to give us the best, most authentic places that really have a sense of place. so we're talking from new orleans to new delhi, from bangkok to boston, across the world we're looking for those places that you kind of want to keep to yourself but you know you have to share. >> and we're not talking just the five stars, the white linen restaurants. we're talking your food trucks, your greasy spoons, all of them? >> i'm thinking brasseries but also food trucks, as you said,
street food stalls, kabob stands, anything that you love. when you think about what is that one meal that i want to have in that destination that really signifies the place, that's what we're talking about. we want people to feel that hometown pride, whether it's a place they live or travel to and they know the secret spot so we can get everybody out of their hotel rooms so they're not having necessarily a cold room service burger and they're experiencing the place. because after all when you're in a restaurant that really is a local place, that's when you're really going to have a sense of place and really feel like you're experiencing that destination. >> absolutely. i understand you have a couple of favorites of your own. >> i do. i live in brooklyn, and one place that is really quintessential in my neighborhood is buttermilk channel. this started out as a neighborhood commissary and has become so much more. this is a place that is buzzy from the moment they open their doors till the minute they're shooing people out at the end of the day. they are known for their cult
bloody marys and do an incredible job with chicken and waffles. this is home food, cozy food. this is a place you want to go with your family just to hang out. i love it there. >> sounds good. and there's one more? >> well, there is. elizabeth street cafe in austin. you know, i think austin is known for having a lot of great food and this is a new place but immediately has become very popular in south austin. what's interesting about it is the combination of french and vietnamese cuisine. you can go there and get a banana and nutella stuffed crepe. families come here with the moms in the strollers in the morning. you can hang out with your stumptown coffee and newspaper. it's one of those places all day that locals and travelers should check out. >> i'm a newly converted vegetarian, but when i was eating meat and pork, there was no better place than mccray's backyard barbecue in west palm
beach. it is so good, right over the open pit, full stop, the best ribs ever. it's not even like a brick and mortar, it's this truck. it's like a food stand where there's a line nonstop. and when you go, make sure you get the ribs with the twist. now, the twist is a mix of two sauces. you might want to put them on the side. there it is. that's the sweet and the hot over a special, which is a pound of ribs. if you love pork, if you love ribs, you've got to go to this place in west palm beach. it's delicious. >> now that you've talked about barbecue, i think you'll get a lot of people who are going to ireport because they're going to want to make sure that their hometown barbecue, whether it's in texas or beyond is going to be represented so this is a good way to get the fire started. >> thank you so much for this. i'm looking forward to the list coming out. >> me too! >> thanks. >> thanks very much. >> that's a great partnership. can we highlight something for a moment? >> okay. >> i don't know who i offended, but my head is on a platter
quite literally in this shot, head on a platter. now, i apologize to whom -- maybe the graphics person who set this up, but -- and i look like i'm happy about it too. >> yeah. dig in. dig right in. ireporters, here's your chance to help us create a food lovers map of the world. go to send us a photo of your favorite restaurant, the dish, why it's special and how you discovered this place. the definitive list of 100 places to eat like a local will be revealed in march, 2013. some ireports will be on that list. stay tuned to see if you'll be one of them. it is a sign of the times. voters in colorado and washington state vote yes to smoking pot, not for medicine, but just for fun. will it become a big legal mess with the feds? that's the question and that is next.
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well, here's a sign of the times. voters in two states, washington state and colorado, have voted to legalize marijuana not for medical use but for recreational use. yes, we're talking simply to get high. here's reaction from the legalization camp in colorado after the ballot initiative passed this week. >> i am feeling amazing. this is the best day i've seen in my life. >> obviously it's always nice to be right.
so -- but, you know, we're really happy. most importantly, it's just wonderful that we're not going to see another 10,000 coloradans arrested and made criminals in the coming years. >> so let's bring in cnn legal contributor paul callen. a lot of folks talking about this one. this is a mess for the justice department because marijuana is still illegal, right, under federal law? >> oh, it most definitely is and i think most people would be shocked to know that the obama administration has been especially tough on legalized marijuana throughout the united states. under federal law, it's a schedule one narcotic, on the same level as heroin. and for growing it, it's a felony. you can go to prison for many, many years. there are many tough federal laws despite the legalization efforts on the state level. >> how does this all then affect america's war on drugs? >> well, you know, i think law enforcement people are extremely upset about this because they, of course, view marijuana as a
gateway drug and they think it's going to encourage people to get involved with other drugs. that's always been the claim. the voters seem to be going in a very different direction. so people are going to be getting mixed messages on this. i mean you have enormous numbers of medical marijuana dispensaries opening nationwide. every time one opens, it's a violation of federal law so we really do eventually need a unified drug policy on marijuana. >> some states certainly now, the two states where it's now legal, they're concerned they're going to see cartels moving in there. what kind of problems do you see local law enforcement in those states and even their neighbors having to deal with? >> first i think they need to hear a unified message from state authorities and federal authorities as to whether existing laws are going to be enforced. governor hickenlooper of colorado said hold off on the cheetos to his pot-smoking constituents because if the feds are going to come in and enforce the laws, people are going to be in trouble. and they have an arsenal of
laws. they can charge banks with money laundering if they loan money to an entity that sells marijuana. they can lock people up for growing it. they can seize assets, they can do all kinds of things. so this thing is going to be a slow introduction nationwide if in fact we're going to see legalization. >> some see an upside here. they're seeing a multi billion dollar industry in these two states and possibly a whole lot of tax revenue. >> well, you know, i think you're on to something there. the talk that i've heard most recently from people is, hey, why don't you just legalize it and tax it. in california, for instance, i was looking at the stats. they think it's a $14 billion crop. it's the largest cash crop in california currently. now, if you take those figures and project them nationwide, and by the way over 100 million americans admit to having smoked marijuana at some point in their lives, you start taxing this, it's going to be a massive
source of revenue for state and local governments. in the end, you know, that may be the strongest argument in these tough economic times to regulate it and tax it since it's being sold illegally in any event. >> so from a legal standpoint, do you think this is the beginning of the end of illegal marijuana in the u.s.? >> i do think this. we're now up to eight states that have legalized the drug. and i think you're going to see a trend toward many, many more. i do think, of course, we've got to get the federal government to get unified with the states on it, but, you know, it's a -- how can the feds stop this? if one state after another state legalizes it, they just don't have the resources to shut it down. so i think we're seeing a trend and i think we'll see more of it in the future. >> paul callan, nice to see you. thank you so much. >> take care. a shocker in the intelligence community. general petraeus is out as cia chief. he admitted to an affair but only after the fbi got involved. so why was the fbi investigating
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what a couple of weeks it's been. we had a superstorm, then we had a nor'easter, the election, of course, and now general david petraeus stepping down. >> and the late night comedians, they talked about all of i >> boy, i heard an update. anybody power outages, anybody here with -- oh. i heard an update from con ed, the electricity company. they said the republicans now will be without power for the next four years. >> speaking of mitt romney, now that he's out of the presidential race, he will no longer receive protection from the secret service. or as big bird put it, sup. >> 75% of the gas stations in new york are still closed because of power outages or because they physically can't
get gasoline to the pumps. to help alleviate some of the lines, mayor bloomberg has implemented a gas rationing system for new york city. starting today people with license plates ending in an even number can buy gas on the even numbers of the month and the odd number on odd days of the month. what if your license plate says playa like mine does. what i would do then? >> you all know who general david petraeus is. he loses his job, his career, his reputation, all over an affair. guys, let that be a lesson to you. if the cia director who has access to phony passports, elaborate disguises, has safehouses all over the world, if he can't keep an affair secret, you're screwed, okay? you don't have a chance. you don't have a chance. oh! man!
good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. 9:00 on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. now on the west coast. thanks for starting your day with us. we're starting with the shocking revelation from the now former cia director, general david petraeus. he resigned from his post, citing an extramarital affair. the president reluctantly accepted his resignation friday. petraeus took over as cia director in september of 2011. before that he was leading operations in afghanistan. his resignation has left questions about the agency's future. >> well, i think it could be quite serious, i agree. that's why i said it's a sad day for the men and women at the cia to see the man who was leading them exercise such bad judgment, as he himself put it. one hope that say they can recover. there is the ongoing investigation about what happened in benghazi during the actual attack on our embassy there, on the consulate.
and that may also have repercussions for the cia or for someone in the cia. that remains to be seen. but i'm a very strong believer that we need a strong and effective covert action capability and intelligence capability, and it's a sad thing if it in any way diminishes those capabilities. >> general petraeus' resignation comes just days before he was supposed to testify before congress about the benghazi attack. cnn intelligence correspondent, suzanne kelly, joins me now. good morning. so is there any apparent link that you've been able to find to the timing of the resignation and the upcoming benghazi hearings he was supposed to testify next week before the senate intelligence committee? >> reporter: no, randi, no link that we've found whatsoever. i think if you look at the reasons that the general gave when he gave his letter to the employees of the cia yesterday, disclosing such personal details that would be embarrassing, harmful to his family members, you have to wonder whether there
would really be any other motivation that would cause someone to write a letter like that and sort of expose themselves on that level. >> paul bremer has said he's worried about the cia's covert abilities in the wake of this. tell us about the man step in for pay tretraeus at least for >> one thing to keep in mind of what's going to happen to the cia as an agency is that general petraeus was the fifth director in some eight years. the person at the top of the agency is a politically appointed position by the president, so that person kind of comes and goes and they leave their mark and move on. but there's this underlying level of stability that stays. and the president yesterday made clear that mike el morrell, who has been the assistant deputy director will take over the acting director position. he's been at that agency for more than 30 years. he's a career intelligence professional. he has been on top of the benghazi investigation leading the agency's efforts on that from day one, from the very
dpinidpi beginning. he is going to be in the hot seat answering the questions from the congressional oversight committee on thursday. but i think in terms of worrying about whether general petraeus' admission and his resignation are going to affect the actual work of the cia, i wouldn't worry so much about that. people will be very focused on the answers he gives about what the cia knew and what it told the white house about benghazi. >> certainly. and this all happened with a tip, right? the fbi began investigating this after a tip. how has the fbi, would you say, been handling this? >> you know, they do what they do, which is try not to say too much officially about any possible investigations. now, i will tell you that cnn -- a source told cnn that the fbi was investigating a tip, as you mentioned, that david petraeus was involved in an extramarital affair with paula broadwell, who is his biographer. cnn hasn't been able to get in touch with her. in the letter that david petraeus put out yesterday, he doesn't name, of course, anyone who he was having the affair
with, he just admits that it happened, that he did it, he's sorry and he's stepping down. >> all right, suzanne kelly. thank you very much. in the aftermath of superstorm sandy, getting the lights back on will not come soon enough. about 150,000 utility customers are still in the dark, sitting in the cold, and that's just on long island. emotions are high, tempers are flaring at the slow pace of this recovery. our national correspondent, susan candiotti is in hemp stead. susan, how much progress are you seeing where you are? >> reporter: well, i mean it's coming in dribs and drabs. not enough progress for all the people who live in this area. here's where i am now. this operation has been going on a week now put on by the town of hempstead, new york, where they have got all kinds of volunteers.
you see those people back there? these are lifeguards and some people from the sanitation department who are trying to hand out supplies to people who don't have power and don't have so much. they have got all these trucks lined up. look at the things they're handing out. pallets of water to people. down in this truck a lot of meals ready to eat down over here in this truck and then down the way they have got more supplies. swinging over here this is clothing that people have donated. back here they have got donated pet food and baby supplies and some fresh fruit, this kind of thing. around the corner there's a table set up with fema. but the main thrust of all of this is how to help people as they drive in here for their supplies, how to help them out since they don't have power at home and haven't had it since the storm came up. we tried to get some answers, have been trying to get answers from the main utility company out here, called lipa. 150,000 customers still here without power. part of the big problem here is that lipa isn't telling us about
what's going on, telling the customers what's going on, but the management company that works with lipa was for the first time held a news conference to try to say something about it because the utility company isn't talking. and here's what one spokesman said. >> the storm was the most unprecedented storm we've had in the system while it performed well, did not do well enough. >> reporter: and of course a main issue for a lot of the homes out here, the utilities aren't able to feed electricity in because a lot of the homes have been flooded. so first there have to be repairs, inspectors have to come in. in the meantime people are freezing. we talked to one of those residents who has no power. >> we go to bed at night shivering, wearing tons of clothes every single night. we have not seen one lipa truck come down my block, not one. i have not seen any on any of these blocks.
>> reporter: now that's the name of the utility company is called lipa. of course there are trucks, there are thousands of lipa workers that are out here trying to restore power, but they're not getting answers on how long it will take and what will get done and whether they need enough people. they have been quiet about it, victor, and that's what's so frustrating to the people here. >> more than frustrating, physically painful spending nights in the cold night after night. cold enough to have snow on the ground there. susan candiotti in hempstead, new york, we'll check back with you throughout the morning. thank you. if you want to help storm victims in the northeast, it's very easy to do. log on to you'll find all kinds of information on how to contribute to the relief effort. women played a big role on tuesday on election night, but the way they voted may have surprised some. it's one of the lessons that we learned this election. questions?
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voters decided to give president obama a second term, but it wasn't all voters. very clearly he got a boost from a couple of key groups offsetting support for mitt romney. we are focusing on the lessons that we've learned from the vote and in this case the fact that women are breaking out of their binders. joining me now is cnn contributor maria cardona and crystal wright. good morning to both of you. let's start with the numbers. we have talked so much about
this election. here we are post election, president obama got the majority of women voters, 55% to 44%, but he didn't get all women. white women picked mitt romney to the tune of 56% to 42% but that was offset by minority women. in this case 96% of african-americans and 78% of latinos. maria, it seems like many people in both parties believed women would vote as a unified block but we didn't see that happen here. does that surprise you? >> no. i don't think anybody has ever said that women are a monolithic group and in fact this election proves it. but it does prove that across the board there are a lot of issues that are important to the majority of women and that's why you saw obama get the majority of women. and i think where republicans really made a huge miscalculation is on the issue of women's health and women's issues. turns out that the majority of women actually do want to have
control over what happens to their bodies and it turns out that the majority of women don't like the way that men talk about women's bodies and those issues. and frankly a lot of them also saw women's health issues as a huge economic issue, as they should. i think that helped president obama. >> crystal, what do you think? >> you know, for the most time, randi, i'm going to agree with my colleague, maria. >> that is a first. >> she and i are women and we're different women. but i think maria outlined the challenges facing the republican party. and you saw white women break for mitt romney, i believe, because white women and married white women too but white women saw themselves reflected in the face of the party. and this is a challenge that the republican party is having. the rhetoric with respect to reproductive -- women's reproductive rights and the fact that black women like me and latino women like maria and hispanic women aren't necessarily seeing themselves reflected in the face of the party i would say on a regular
basis. going back to what maria said about reproductive rights. the republican party is losing that argument when we have a lot of old white males telling women what to do with our bodies. so it was unfortunate. i think we need to change the narrative and the way we're communicating with respect to women on reproductive rights and talk about owning our own bodies. >> let's talk about the latino women. maria, i'm going to give you some credit here. certainly what you predicted, including a win in florida. but crystal, what do republicans need to do to get back the latino vote or at least a bigger piece of it? >> well, we need to start talking to latinos and hispanics with a concerted effort more than throwing ads up every four years during an election cycle. and we need to really change our -- the way we're talking about immigration. this is -- everybody has talked about this, but romney made a misstep when he moved to the
right of governor perry. and it's really the way we talk about the message. say look, we're going to have to talk about immigration but some of us believe that those who came here illegally shouldn't just get a carte blanche citizenship, if you will. so i think it's the way we talk about immigration. i think republicans need to be much more caring. i've spoken to a lot of hispanics and latinos who say, look, crystal, i did things the right way and i just -- i have a problem with granting a carte blanche amnesty to people who came over here and didn't do it the right way. i think there's a way of framing the message. >> i want to look ahead now, maria. the republican party licking its collective wounds from the top job all the way down to the house races. what do you think, do they need to make wholesale changes or can they just make some tweaks? >> i think they need to make wholesale changes. and crystal outlined it i think quite well in her last two answers. they need to understand that
america isn't changing. it has already changed, and they are really in the back of the line in terms of understanding what those changes mean and understanding what that means in terms of the issues that they talk to with these new demographics. and let's take latinas, for example. you already have republicans saying that they are ready to make a deal on comprehensive immigration reform. it was stunning to me, randi, that right after the election you saw sean hannity basically saying that he had evolved to a new position on immigration and wanting to push a path for citizenship. so they not only now believe i immigration, they obviously now believe in evolution too, which is interesting. >> good point. crystal, what do you think? should the gop be looking ahead as far as 2016 or maybe just to 2014 and the midterms? >> i think the gop and republican -- well, the rnc more importantly as well, we need to be looking to tomorrow and not
thinking so much about elections, about how we're going to grow our party with minorities. even george will, to maria's point, we have established voices in the republican party. george will came out and said news flash, guys. since 1992, white people have been declining. the number of white people dl p declining in the united states of america. so this was a huge wake-up call. i wrote that i think that we deserved the loss that we got because we've been in denial about the changing face of america. and, you know, it's funny that mitt romney got the largest percentage of the white vote since 1988, but guess what, folks, it ain't enough to move us into the white house. so i agree with maria on that. the democrats have done a better job of acknowledging the changing face of america. i don't think that they have the best message, of course. i think we have a great message and we're ignoring a large segment of the population. we're just ignoring them. >> well, lesson learned, but it
seems like a lesson that should have within learned some time ago, right? >> that's exactly right, randi. i think one of the most stunning pieces of this election was to crystal's point, i think she and other latinas in the party would continually warn the gop about this. mitt romney made a calculated -- made a calculation in this election that he would be able to grow the white vote for him to the extent that he could absolutely ignore the minority vote and that was a bad calculation. >> and i think maria -- we're agreeing a lot today so this is progress. i think -- >> there you go. >> listen, it's nice to see the two of you agree, a little compromise. we can use some more of that in washington. >> that's exactly right. >> crystal, maria, nice to see you both. thank you. >> thank you, randi. a company that was a huge financial donor to the romney campaign makes good on a threat in response to president obama's re-election. we'll tell you what just happened to more than 100 of its workers. [ ross ] in the taihang mountains of china,
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american airlines could be one step closer to ending a dispute with its pilots after reaching a tentative deal. the two sides have been in a contract dispute after american's parent company, amr, filed for bankruptcy last year. the details have not been made public, but the agreement will now go to about 8,000 pilots for their approval. but it's a different story for workers at one coal company. murray energy, whose ceo was a prominent donor to mitt romney, says it has been forced to make the layoffs due to president obama's re-election and what is a poor outlook for the coal industry during his second term. more than 160 people are now without work. one person who will be
keeping his job, tim geithner. the white house says he will be staying on at least through early next year. he is expected to be a key role player in the negotiations over the fiscal cliff. and the countdown to the fiscal cliff is certainly on. that is the $7 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax increases that could be triggered in january. >> christine romans will explain exactly what it means for you and the politicians we just elected. she joins us now with a preview. christine? >> reporter: hi, randi and victor. the fiscal cliff, jobs and obama care will help define the president's legacy. we know what the president wants but his political opponents still pushing back. let's start with the most immediate challenge, the fiscal cliff. unless the president and congress can come together, your taxes will rise and your government programs will be cut 8% to 10% beginning next year. also the economy has made up every job lost on the president's watch but the jobs come with lower wages, fewer
benefits. republicans and democrats agree they need to do something but can't agree on what. and obama care remains unpopular with the american people but president obama's re-election means it's here to stay. we'll tell you how it will affect your money and your family. that's all coming up at 9:30 a.m. eastern. >> looking forward to it. thank you very much. a shocking admission has turned the intelligence community on its head. the cia is scrambling for answers now as they prepare to talk to congress.
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obama won re-election and just days before petraeus was set to testify on the benghazi attack. outrage is boiling over in long island where at least 150,000 people are still sitting in the dark, in the cold. they protested yesterday. they have been without power since sandy hit almost two weeks ago and they're demanding the long island power authority be held accountable. a better situation is in new jersey. governor chris christie says power should be back to almost 100% by tonight. turning to the economy, with just 52 days to reach a deal, president obama is set to meet with congressional leaders this week to discuss that so-called fiscal cliff. both the president and house speaker boehner signaling they are open to compromise but tax hikes on the rich remain a sticking point. in politics, the presidential election may be history for most of the nation, but not in florida. the ballots are still being counted. yes, they're still counting. cnn has not yet projected a
winner but the latest tally shows president obama with a 63,000 vote edge out of 8 million cast. counties have until noon today to submit unofficial results to the secretary of state. yes, florida again. >> still. but it doesn't matter this year. of course their votes matter, i'm not saying that. but we already know who won. >> yeah. >> it's not like the hanging chads, thank goodness. >> i feel like the other states are looking southeast like, come on, florida. >> get it together. >> come on, guys. >> well, yeah. we have problems everywhere else except florida it seems this year. election day may have gone smoothly at the polls for some, but there were a lot of problems for others and around the nation. the examination of our voting system is ahead next hour. one author is proposing a new system run entirely by the feds. >> this could be a really interesting conversation because a lot of frustrated voters want to know what they're going to do to fix this, including the president. >> that's true. >> so anyway, we'll see that coming up in the next hour.